NEW YORK -- Flat Out made his first win of the year a big one, edging Stay Thirsty in the final strides to take the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Saturday at Belmont Park.
Flat Out won the Gold Cup last year, but was 0 for 6 until overtaking Stay Thirsty two jumps from the finish to give trainer Bill Mott his second Grade 1 victory on a day that featured six graded stakes races.
Earlier, Mott's 4-5 favorite Royal Delta beat rival It's Tricky by 91/2 lengths in the Beldame Invitational.
Ridden by Joel Rosario, the 6-year-old Flat Out challenged pace-setter Stay Thirsty when the 10-horse field turned for home, and closed the margin with every stride before putting his head in front at the wire.
Whitney Invitational winner and 5-2 favorite Fort Larned was third, followed by Atigun, Fast Falcon, Ron the Greek, Game Ball, Hymn Book, San Pablo and Ruler On Ice.
The winning time for the 11/4 miles was 2:01.44
In other stakes races, The Lumber Guy won the Vosburgh, Nahrain took the Flower Bowl Invitational, 4-5 favorite Point of Entry won the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, and Jersey Town was an upset winner in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap.
• What: 2012 Breeders' Cup, Santa Anita, Los Angeles.
• When: Nov. 2-3.